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Vehicle Restoration Commonly Used Words and Phrases

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Fading - A gradual change of color or gloss in a finish
Feathering - Slang term for blending or slowly moving the edge of one color into a second color.
Fiberglass cloth - Fiberglass material used with polyester resin in repairing fiberglass bodywork. Although a strong form of fiberglass reinforcement, the weave of fiberglass cloth will often show through a finished repair, making cloth more suitable for backing-up a repair area of a panel.
Fiberglass mat - Basic fiberglass reinforcement material used with polyester resin to create or repair fiberglass body panels.
Fiberglass reinforced filler - Body filler (generally polyester) with strands of fiberglass material in the mix. Good for smaller, lower-stressed repairs and some bonding applications
Filmbuild - The wet or dry thickness of applied coating measured in mils; also see DRY FILM THICKNESS.
Flake-off - Large pieces of paint or undercoat falling off of substrate; also called delamination
Flatting agent - Material used in paint to dull or eliminate gloss
Floating - Characteristics or some pigments to separate from solution and migrate to the surface of paint film while still wet.
Flop (side tone) - The color of a finish when viewed from a side angle, other than direct
Flow - The leveling properties of a wet paint film
Fogcoat - A final atomized coat of paint, usually applied at higher air pressure and at greater distance than normal.
Force dry - Speed of dry due to application of heat. See BAKING.

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